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Built to win now, the Philadelphia Phillies crumbled without their biggest star players.
The Phillies' streak of five consecutive NL East titles ended and so did their run of nine straight winning seasons after an 81-81 finish that seemed like a decent accomplishment given their awful first half.
Injuries to Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay were too much for Philadelphia to overcome. The Phillies struggled to replace their Nos. 3-4 hitters who combined to miss 160 games to start the season, and sorely missed their No. 1 ace for a two-month stretch in the middle.
But can this down year be entirely blamed on injuries or are the Phillies trending downward?
''We have a talented group of guys and injury did play a part,'' general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday. ''I don't like to use that as an excuse, but it is what it is. Be that as it may, we no longer are National League East champions. That goes to the Washington Nationals. We have ...
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The Phillies 2012 season ended with a quiet 81-81 whimper. To say that this season was a disappointment for Phillies fans is a major understatement.
But it is time to look for the highlights of the 2012 season. A review of the Phillies play leads me to just two players that could be the Phillies 2012 MVP.
Pitcher Cole Hamels had a career high 17 wins this season and could have...
The Philadelphia Phillies finished their season with a loss to the division champion Washington Nationals today. With the loss, the Phillies dropped to 81-81. After winning 102 games last year, this was most certainly a disappointment. As is usually the case when a team under performs, changes are made.The Phillies informed bench coach Pete Mackanin, 1B/INF coach Sam Perlozzo and...
The 2012 Philadelphia season is in the books. Below you will find the MLB ranks for the offense, pitching, and defense. It's not pretty...Offense:R - 684 (19th)AVG - .255 (15th)OBP - .317 (17th)SLG - .400 (17th)OPS - .716 (16th)2B - 271 (16th)3B - 28 (tied 19th)HR - 158 (18th)SB - 116 (11th)SB% - 83% (1st)BB - 454 (24th)K - 1094 (27th)Pitching:W - 81 (tied 16th)ERA - 3.83...
The only more appropriate way for the Philadelphia Phillies' season to end would have been if it was more like 2011, when Ryan Howard fell to the ground in agony after rupturing his left Achilles tendon. The 2012 Phillies were bruised and battered with injuries all season, from Chase Utley's knees to Roy Halladay's shoulder to Howard's aforementioned foot. But the...
May the Philadelphia Phillies 2012 season rest in peace.
Immediately after finishing with a .500 record, the Philadelphia Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.
The club announced the changes after its season ended with a 3-1 loss at the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. The Phillies finished 81-81 and in third place in the NL East, ending a run of five consecutive division...
The Phillies will not bring back bench coach Pete Mackanin or hitting coach Greg Gross for the 2013 coaching staff, reports Todd Zolecki, via Twitter.
Bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross also will not be back next season.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) October 3, 2012
With the earlier news of Sam Perlozzo not coming back, the Phillies have already cut ties...
Horst was a great find by the Phils. (US PRESSWIRE) Quick thoughts on 2012 with the relief pitchers up next. Coming up, position players. Click here for the starting rotation. Phillies Nation will also have a more thorough breakdown of each player coming later this month. -Let’s begin with the highest paid relief pitcher on the team, and in baseball, Jonathan Papelbon. I’ve...
The 2012 season may be over for the Philadelphia Phillies but a number of former Phils will continue to play baseball this October in both leagues. If you are the type of Phillies fan who will pick up a rooting interest in a team based on a former Phillie being on the roster, you certainly have some options this fall.
Atlanta Braves, NL Wild Card
Michael Bourne, Chad Durbin
Ryan Madson is the reliever that fans of the Philadelphia Phillies would like to see on the mound in the 8th. Will that become a reality in 2013?TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS:I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If you were directed here by...
At the All-Star break, at 37-50, any honest broker would have said the Phillies were done. Oh sure, the 2010 team wasn't in first at the break, but they were breaking .500. That this team got to 81-81 is a minor miracle of it's own. What we should make of it isn't hard though.
On July 31st, the Phillies traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, two former All-Star outfielders...